Workers’ control, that is.
Today was the official first day of production under democratic workers’ control in the Viomichaniki Metalleutiki (Vio.Me) factory [ht: hk] in Thessaloniki.
With unemployment climbing to 30%, workers’ income reaching zero, sick and tired of big words, promises and more taxes, unpaid since May 2011 and currently withholding their labour, with the factory abandoned by the employers, the workers of Vio.Me. by decision of the general assembly of the union declare their determination not to fall prey to a condition of perpetual unemployment, but instead to struggle to take the factory in their own hands and to operate it themselves. Through a formal proposal dating from October 2012 they have been claiming the establishment of a workers’ cooperative under full workers’ control, demanding legal recognition for their own workers’ cooperative, as well as for all the others to follow. At the same time they have been demanding the money required to put the factory in operation, money that in any case belongs to them, as they are the ones who produce the wealth of society. The plan that was drawn up met with the indifference of the state and the various trade union bureaucracies. But it was received with great enthusiasm by the world of the movements, which, through the creation of the Open Initiative of Solidarity in Thessaloniki and afterwards with similar initiatives in many other cities, have been struggling for the past 6 months to spread the message of Vio.Me across society.